Invention of Russia: The Journey from Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War

Author(s): Arkady Ostrovsky; James Niahtinaale (Editor); Margaret Stead (Editor)




How did a country that embraced freedom over twenty-five years ago end up as an autocratic police state bent once again on confrontation with the West? In this Orwell Prize-winning book, Arkady Ostrovsky reaches back to the darkest days of the Cold War to tell the story of Russia's stealthy and largely unchronicled post-Soviet transformation.

Ostrovsky's knowledge of many of the key players allows him to explain the rise of Vladimir Putin and to reveal how he pioneered a new form of demagogic populism. In a new preface he examines Putin's influence on the US election and explores how his methods - weaponizing the media and serving up fake news - came to enter Western politics.


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The timely and gripping story of Russia since the collapse of Communism, by The Economist's Moscow bureau chief.

Shortlisted for Orwell Prize 2016.

Arkady Ostrovsky is a Russian-born, British journalist who has spent fifteen years reporting from Moscow, first for the Financial Times and then as a bureau chief for The Economist. He studied Russian theatre history in Moscow and holds a PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. His translation of Tom Stoppard's trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, has been published and staged in Russia.

General Fields

  • : 9780857891600
  • : Atlantic Books, Limited
  • : Atlantic Books
  • : 0.46
  • : May 2016
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Arkady Ostrovsky; James Niahtinaale (Editor); Margaret Stead (Editor)
  • : Paperback
  • : Main
  • : English
  • : 947.086
  • : 400